Should the federal funding drop below 100 percent, the state would have to freeze enrollment.
State lawmakers froze enrollment for KidsCare in 2010 to cut state spending. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance is quoted by KTAR:
When enrollment was frozen before, we know that many families went without the health care their children needed, even if they were in the middle of health care treatment. They couldn’t get affordable health care coverage. We don’t want to go down that path again.
Learn how legislators hope to pass a law to protect KidsCare during the waning days of the session in a report by KTAR News.
According to the Children’s Action Alliance, the number of Arizona children covered through KidsCare Health Insurance has reached a new high this month at 25,154 since the program re-opened in late 2016. After being frozen for six years, the number of children enrolled has ballooned from about 500 to over 25,000.”Community groups have worked to get the message out to Arizona’s working families that they can again sign their children up. KidsCare has been a lifeline for working families by providing low-cost health coverage for kids whose parents earn too much to qualify for Medicaid/AHCCCS, but aren’t offered or can’t afford health insurance on their own.,” said the alliance.